Churchdown School Academy Newsletter May 2016

 

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05 May 2016 ISSUE ISSUE Churchdown School Academy Winston Road Term 6 Dates: 14/15 June Y10 Mock Interviews 17 June Y13 Leavers Event 22 June Y11 Prom 23 June INSET Day 24 June ISM4 sent home 30 June Sports Day 7 July New Y7 Induction Day Churchdown Gloucester GL3 2RB 01452 713440 www.churchdownschool.com MESSAGE FROM THE HEADTEACHER Dear Parents and Carers It has been a long term and I would like to thank all parents/carers for their commitment in supporting our students and the school. Many students in Year 11 and the Sixth Form have attended catch up sessions at break and lunch times, after school and during the Easter holidays. It was fantastic to see so much dedication from your sons and daughters and the members of staff for making this happen. There are again revision sessions over the half-term and we look forward to seeing as many students as possible. Many events have been taking place, lots of House events, Bake-off, Charity events. A successful trip to Auschwitz gave the opportunity for 46 History students to experience the profound and disturbing iconic symbol of the Holocaust, a very thought provoking experience had by all. Year 9 Options choices have now been completed and these students are looking forward to studying their chosen subjects. We’ve had many successes with many students in Year 7 and 8 winning awards in the Junior Maths Challenge – well done to you all! For some of you, attending Year 7 parents’ evening may have been the first experience of attending such an event at a secondary school. I would like to say a big thank you to you all; it was our biggest turnout for Year 7 yet! There was a very positive atmosphere and I hoped you gained lots of motivation to continue your valued support. As we approach ISM4 I am looking forward to seeing the excellent progress our students are making and will have the pleasure of commenting on each and every one of them. I wish you and the students a positive and peaceful half term. Yours faithfully 7/8 July Uniform distribution days 11 July Activity Week Y10 Work Experience Y8 Camp 22 July Last day of term 18 Aug A Level Results 25 Aug GCSE Results REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE Should your son or daughter be away from school for any reason you must report the absence to the school by 8.30am on the first and every subsequent day of absence by leaving a message on the school’s absence line. The line is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and can be accessed through the normal school telephone number 01452 713340. Alternatively, you can inform us by emailing attendance@ churchdownschool.com Christopher Belli Headteacher

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Churchdown School Academy SCHOOL UNIFORM REQUIREMENTS School Year 2016-2017 The school reserves the right to tell students and their parent/carers that their interpretation of these requirements is unacceptable. The uniform requirements will continue to be monitored annually by the Governing Body. BOYS School blazer with badge (only available from school) Charcoal grey trousers (no patterned materials, cords, denims or jeans) House tie (only available from school) Blue shirt Plain black socks Black, traditional school shoes (of plain colour, not trainers; laces to be the same colour as the shoes) Smart outdoor school coat (no hoodies) V-necked school-edition pullover (optional – only available from school) House scarf (optional—only available from school) GIRLS School blazer with badge (only available from school) Knee-length charcoal grey school skirt (only available from school) Charcoal grey trousers (alternative to skirt – no patterned materials, cords, denims, jeans or leggings) House tie (only available from school) Blue shirt Plain black socks or black tights Black, traditional school shoes (of plain colour, not trainers; laces to be the same colour as the shoes) Smart outdoor school coat (no hoodies) V-necked school-edition pullover (optional – only available from school) House scarf (optional—only available from school) Boys PE Kit School edition: Navy/sky reversible rugby shirt Navy/sky polo shirt Navy/sky shorts Navy/sky rugby socks Navy/sky hooded or quarter zip top (optional) Short white sport socks Trainers (no black soles) Football boots Towel (optional) Girls PE Kit School edition: Navy/sky hooded or quarter zip top Navy/sky polo shirt Navy/sky shorts or navy/sky skort Navy/sky hockey socks Navy track suit bottoms with logo (KS4 only – optional) Trainers (no black soles) Football boots Towel (optional) School edition PE kit can be purchased from the school Cyclists must wear helmets to and from school Jewellery must not be worn except one small plain stud per earlobe which must be removed for PE The wearing of make-up or nail varnish is not permitted Hair is to be of natural colour and words or emblems should not be shaved in hair; no extreme hair cuts Churchdown School Academy 01452 713340 6 01452 857367 : school@churchdownschool.com Headteacher: Christopher Belli

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The picture shows the new uniform which we will introduce from 1 September 2016. Please also note the full school uniform requirements listed opposite. We will issue a new blazer and school tie to all students in exchange for the old one. Girls will also be issued with a new skirt. All these will be supplied free of charge. The new uniform will be issued to your child during July and will be managed entirely by the school. On the last day of term (Friday 22 July) we will collect your child’s current black blazer and school tie and they will return home in shirt sleeves only. You may wish to consider sending your child in with a coat or jumper that day. As it had been identified that the traditional white shirt tends to discolour we have decided to introduce a blue shirt into the school uniform. These can be purchased at a very reasonable price from any local retailer, eg. Asda, Tesco, Sainsburys or via Brigade Schoolwear website: www.brigadeuniformdirect.uk.com As part of the uniform consultation process we asked students to enter a competition to design a new school tie which would incorporate the House colours. We are pleased to announce that Renee Thomas, Amber Rivers and Natasha Muskett submitted the top three designs. The one designed by Renee has been selected as the new Churchdown tie. Old uniform stock has been donated to Chernobyl 2000 (registered charity number 1093020) to help the children of Belarus

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Current State of Play The Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze Award is now progressing very well with 17 of our Year 10 students participating in the award. These participants are now in the process of completing (some have actually completed) three of the four sections, those being Volunteering, Physical and Skills. What Happens Next? For the immediate future the focus of our participants will be on working towards completing the sections mentioned above as well as preparing for the training and assessed expeditions. There is help on hand to advise and support them throughout this phase and members of staff from Churchdown School will be visiting these students during some of their activities. Additionally, during these activities the participants will be uploading evidence of their efforts on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award online system, www.edofe.org. This evidence will then be used to assess them in their activities with a view to completing each section. The Expedition Phase In order to achieve the Award all participants must plan and participate in a 2-day, 1-night expedition which must have and achieve a stated aim. The expedition will involve walking for much of each day and camping overnight, without the use of any facilities. In order to ensure the safety of participants we held an overnight training event here at the school to ensure participants were confident in navigation, campcraft and cookery. From the feedback we have received this training event went very well with all participants fully enjoying the experience. Some of our 2016 Bronze Award participants and staff from the overnight training session

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There will be a 2-day, 1-night training expedition over the weekend 11/12 June 2016 to ensure that all of the participants are competent, fit and understand the requirements. As there is minimal adult supervision on the expedition, only participants who have attended all of the training and have been assessed to be safe will be permitted to go forward onto the assessed expedition. The assessed expedition will then take place over the weekend 25/26 June 2016. The Diamond Anniversary 2016 marks the 60th year of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a number of events are taking place to celebrate this milestone. As part of the DofE’s Diamond Anniversary celebrations, we’re inviting everyone to take the DofE Diamond Challenge. The Challenge is inspired by the DofE Award, asking you to take on your own adventure, personal or skill challenge. Your challenge can be as big or as small as you like, from kayaking the Zambesi to learning to knit. If it’s a challenge to you, it counts. And the best part is, it’s open to anyone of any age, anywhere! So if you never had the chance to get involved while growing up, if your kids are doing it now, if you’re doing your own DofE or if you’re just looking for a reason to get out of your comfort zone, seize the day! A special event was held in Buckingham Palace on Monday 16 May 2016 where hundreds of Gold Award winners were presented with their awards in the presence of members of the Royal Family, including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. These awards were presented by around 60 specially invited celebrity guests ranging from Commander Mark Hadfield, Ray Mears and Sally Gunnel to Ainsley Harriot, Ronan Keating and Anton Du Beke, making the day a special occasion for everyone. Also at this event the DofE Manager of Churchdown School, Mr D Martin, was presented with a metal plaque by HRH The Countess of Wessex and Gail Emms, a silver medalist from the 2004 Olympics, to thank the school for the support we provide to young people as a directly licensed organization in helping them to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. If you feel inspired to look into the Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Challenge, more information can be found at https://dofediamondchallenge.org. If you require more information on anything to do with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award please contact our DofE Manager, Mr D Martin, by email at dofe@churchdownschool.com. Mr Martin DofE Manager

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ATTENDANCE REWARDS The following students won rewards for 98%+ attendance last term: KS3: £10 voucher (2nd Prize): Shannon Freeman 9K1 £50 voucher (1st prize): Hollie James 7H1 KS4: £10 voucher (2nd Prize): Fernanda Oliviera 11H1 WELFARE ISSUES Please be aware that Churchdown School does not employ a full-time school nurse. Mrs Campbell is the Welfare Assistant and we have a Medical Room for emergencies only. If your child is unwell before the start of school please make the decision whether to send them or keep them at home. They will only be excused from lessons in an emergency. If your child has asthma please ensure they have their Ventolin on them at all times as we are unable to provide this medication. Under no circumstances should a student carry any other form of medication on them in school. Thank you Mrs J Campbell Welfare Assistant £50 voucher (1st prize): Matthew Hodkinson 11E2 Most Improved: Szymon Slowinski, 9H2 £50 voucher Hedgehog Rescue Special thanks to Brockworth Hedgehog Rescue for saving a hedgehog recently discovered down a drain in the courtyard. The hedgehog, a boy named Spike, was healthy despite his ordeal, he just needed to be washed. He spent 48 hours under close supervision at the Hedgehog Hospital. Thanks to Mr Ian Knight for his help and to Mrs Ann Evans, for standing guard.

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VISIT FROM MATTHEW SYED On Monday 23 May, Churchdown welcomed Matthew Syed to speak with students and staff about the secret of success. Former table tennis champion, award winning sports journalist and best-selling author, Matthew is no stranger to success himself. He spoke with students about the power of practice and how we should rethink our notions of what it is to be talented. Matthew engaged his audience with anecdotes and evidence to illustrate how our most successful sportsmen and women achieve greatness because of hard work and effort and not because of any kind of pre-determined talent gene. The case presented by Matthew was pretty compelling, using evidence explored in his book, Bounce, a must-read for anyone interested in sports psychology or simply keen to know more about how far hard work can take you. When he spoke with teachers, Matthew explored the themes of his second book, Black Box Thinking, which explores the secret of high-performing organisations and how they can achieve impressive results by looking for the marginal gains, made famous by the British Cycling team. This really resonated with us at Churchdown as we strive to help our students achieve excellence through a relentless focus on high standards and hard work. We are grateful for the time taken by Matthew to visit our school and feel sure that his inspiring words will certainly act as a ‘marginal gain’ on our journey to make Churchdown School Academy the best school in England. Mr Coates Assistant Head Teacher

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YEAR 7 NEWS It has been yet another positive and rewarding term for Year 7. The year group have remained top of the league tables for attendance and House points and ISM3 was testament to the tremendous diligence of Year 7. Over 50 'well done' letters were sent home to parents recognising students' progress, effort and attainment. Many of Year 7's able mathematicians took part in the Junior Maths Challenge with all students achieving bronze, silver and gold awards. A special mention goes to Berey Berkay in 7H2 who scored the highest marks. The start of the term began with Year 7 exams week. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their support ensuring that students used their revision booklets wisely and also to thank Year 7 students who showed maturity and tenacity throughout the exams. All students were absolutely superb and a credit to Churchdown School. Year 7 homework club is still running on a Tuesday after school (this is in addition to the homework clubs that run daily in the Learning Support Department). Students are guided through their homework and subject support is offered when needed. It has been wonderful to see so many students improve their homework effort grades on ISM3 as a result of attending the club. If you feel your son/daughter would benefit from attending, please email rlh@churchdownschool.com Year 7 have not just worked hard this term, they have played hard too. There have been many sporting accomplishments from Year 7 students. A special mention to Josh Folley and Jamie Davis for their contributions in cricket, Berey Berkay for basketball, Ellie Howard cheerleading and Jack Beacham for football. Over 90 Year 7s attended the bowling trip in April and this was a fantastic opportunity for myself and the Year 7 tutors to socialise with the Year group. Besides bowling, there have been other trips near and far of which many year 7s have attended. The summer term is certain to offer many more opportunities for Year 7s to challenge themselves both in and out of the classroom and if this term is anything to go by, next term will, I am sure, be a huge success! Miss Hicks Head of Year 7 Top House point scorers in Year 7

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YEAR 7 NEWS Jamie Davis Special mention for his knock of 51 supported by Josh Folley For those of you that don't know, 50+ for a 12 year old is an amazing achievement! Serafeim Apostolakis 7H1 Most House points, Hillary House Josh Folley 7E2 Member of the Year 7 cricket team and superb performance against Pates Grammar School Zaid Parekh 7E1 Exciting trip to Pakistan over the Easter holidays and selected to lead prayer at his mosque An outstanding and diligent student Oliver Howe 7E1 One of the top scorers for House points in Edison House House point top scorers for King and Cavell A history lesson with 7H2

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Year 8 Spring Celebration! With the warmer weather, the field opening and longer evenings we welcome in summer here at Churchdown. Year 8 continue to go from strength to strength, as you will see from the various successes they have been involved in (football champions of Gloucester for example!) all over this newsletter. It is important that we all continue to strive, improve and aspire as we come close to the end of Year 8. Thank you for all of your support. Mr Chambers Head of Year 8 The Superstar 10 of ISM3! The following 10 students are the Superstar 10 of Year 8 ISM3, based on their overall progress in lessons, ISM grades, contributions to Year 8 and attitude to their learning. Well done, you are all a credit to yourselves, your families and our school! All of them received no more than one 2 grade and the rest 1 grades in their ISMs! YEAR 8 CAMP Camp is getting very close! Great numbers attending, with a plethora of exciting and challenging activities in store Duncan Bissett, Jake Harper, Coel Richmond, Nathan Drew, Hannah Elwin, Robyn Nicholls, Jessica Money, Lily-Ella Byard, Lucy Jones and Milly Chant ISM3 Review Year 8 have been working hard in registration looking at and reflecting upon their ISM3 reports. ISM3 showed the most progress being made by Year 8 this year, with over 70% of all students achieving no 3s or 4s—a great achievement and the foundation to success. One area that we can work to improve upon as a Year group is homework, with only 40% of students managing to avoid any 3s in this area.

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Year 8 Spring Celebration! "A love of literature is something I aspire to instil in the students I teach and, luckily for me, many of our Year 8s are as passionate about reading as I am. Reading widely helps students to think freely and write honestly; making learning - and lessons - a lot more enjoyable." Mrs Watson Head of Cavell House and teacher of English “I Love Miss Davies’ English class because we get the chance to hear about different stories and what they mean, and Miss Davies is fun!” Danisha Smith-Farquharson, 8H1 'Attendance' champions and 'House Points' runners up - it's been a good few weeks for 8H1 and it's been an absolute pleasure to be a part of it. Ethan, Ellis and Harry have been consistently performing in all of their lessons and there has been a marked improvement from Beu and Nathan in Maths. I appreciate the Doritos, chocolate and 'beautifully' composed birthday song. The card did have a spelling mistake in it but I guess we can overlook that! "Don't just turn up...SHOW UP" Mr Hill Tutor 8H1 Mr Chambers Head of Year 8

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YEAR 9 NEWS First and foremost a huge well done to the 88 students who received a positive letter home as a result of their tremendous efforts in the recent ISM grades. Over a third of the Year group have achieved grades that range from “Excellent” to “Good” and this speaks volumes about their commitment to their studies and their desire to be GCSE ready. Having read and personally written on each and every ISM report I have never been stronger in my belief that this really is an awesome year group to be involved with and that opportunities are being taken and exploited in every area of the school. Topics for assemblies have ranged this term so far about respect, about growing sunflower plants, about encouragement and about prejudice and discrimination. House events have centred on using talents to help others and to boost personal progress. The major focus has to be this term in getting every student GCSE ready. This Year group has everything to play for. The options and timetables for next year are slowly coming together and a broad and balanced curriculum is developing in which your children, our students, can look to express themselves and to progress within. This golden and invaluable position that we find ourselves in as a Year group really is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I would encourage one and all to seize this chance. Year 9 students rising to the challenge of active learning in RE with Mr O’Connell and Mr Chambers. Bayley Kingscott Attendance standing at 100% and ISM grades of an excellent standard. Well done Bayley! Amber Rivers 100% attendance student and, by no coincidence I am sure, an outstanding set of ISM grades. Outstanding Amber! Mr Fawcett Head of Year 9

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YEAR 10 NEWS Once again this term has been jam packed for Year 10. Leadership activities have stepped up a level as has the quest to achieve Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Controlled assessment activities are building into Year 11 and students are continuing to excel in their extra curricular commitments. Following a visit from the University of Gloucestershire offering an opportunity to take part in their Summer School residential, Kennedy Sia (10E1) and Kaajal Patel (10E1) have been selected to attend. A total of 196 applications were submitted from schools all over Gloucestershire, with only 30% of these being successful. This residential opportunity will allow both students to experience university life and a range of subject taster sessions. Well done to both students on this outstanding achievement. Kennedy Sia (10E1) Josh Claxton (10K2), Brandon Clarke (10C2), Cody Dokic (10C2) and Morgan Davies (10K2) have continued their success for the Gloucester Schools Under 15s Football team. T hey were part of the successful district team that won the North Gloucestershire Cup. We wish them well on moving forwards to potential County selection. Ella Matthews (10C2) continues her success within the world of ballet. She has been selected by the Royal Ballet School for another year of training and has been offered a full scholarship to attend a training week under the guidance of national and international dancers including the likes of Wayne Sleep! Robyn Bailey (10C1) has begun her acro-gymnastics season and started with an outstanding 2nd place at a national competition in Swansea. We wish her the best of luck for the remainder of the season. The Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh students have been developing towards this award in many ways over the past term. Students have been undertaking leadership activities, physical challenges and preparing for their expedition by camping in the school grounds to develop the necessary skills. Good luck on your ongoing journey. The Year 10 Leaders have continued their development and both organised and run the Gloucester City Key Stage 1, Easter themed multi skills event. Over 120 Reception and Year 1 students developed their core skills with the help of our students. Many primary school teachers commented on how amazingly well the students conducted themselves and the high knowledge of leadership that they possessed. The 27 students who were involved in this event should be very proud of their achievements. Frank Huggins 10C1 in Science looking at the idea of static electricity Year 10 Leaders training to deliver Bollywood dancing in primary schools

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YEAR 10 NEWS Well done to the students below for representing both themselves and the school in such an outstanding manner: Kiera Pedley-Mills Lottie Cale Brandon Wright Libby Sharpe Bridgette Fraser Charlie Major Ellie Lancaster Gina Davis Robyn Bailey Antonia Bond Rhys Price Sophia WeygangPoppy Long Annabel Richardson Ella Matthews Megan Gill Katie Poole Bradley Wilkins Charlotte Saysell Caitlin Davis Charlotte Leeman Jarrod Hofmann Darlington Obeng Kian Bayliss Megan Kenny Archie Cooper Ross Chevannes IMPORTANT LEARNING DATES FOR THE DIARY…. iMedia - Exam - Preproduction (6 June) – students to collect a revision pack from C2 if you have not received one Computing - Controlled assessment - Practical investigation (ongoing Term 5 and Term 6) Spanish – Speaking assessments - Tuesday 24 May, Wednesday 25 May and Thursday 26 May German – Speaking and listening (ongoing – to be completed by the end of Term 6) History – Controlled assessment –Term 6, leading into Term 1 and 2 of Year 11 Food Technology – Controlled assessment will continue until the end of Term 6 Photography – Controlled assessment due first week of Term 6 Attendance is a vital part of school life and as I have mentioned before, can have a huge impact on an individual’s final GCSE grade. Research also suggests that 17 missed school days over 2 years = a potential GCSE grade DROP in achievement. It is vital that our students and YOUR child attend to ensure that they can fulfil their potential. Whilst 90% sounds very good in many situations, it equates on average to ½ a day off school per week. This over a school year means 19½ days off school. Please contact me if you feel that as Head of Year I can support you or your child in any aspect of their attendance and attainment linked to this. It was a pleasure reading and commenting on the Year 10 ISM3 data. Whilst there is much work to do to achieve students’ potential, it is important to state the journey towards excellence is well under way and many students are working hard to achieve this. The following students on average are achieving above their target grades in their subjects. Well done! Charlotte Leeman, Robert Bridge, Jack Barter, Rebecca Lodge, Nikita Kavaskins, Serena Brook, Irem Kilic, Donald Bisset, Sophie Tidcombe, Christian Wright, Natalie Skardova It is frightening to say that the last term of Year 10 is upon us and we will be moving into Year 11 very shortly. To continue to effectively support as a school and parent/carer, and the active engagement of the student is vital at this time. Getting things right now makes the transition to Year 11 easier. If myself or anyone else at Churchdown School can support in any way, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. Mr Jones Head of Year 10

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YEAR 11 NEWS This term has been crucial for Year 11 and they are now fully involved in those critical GCSE exams. With the half term break upon us it is crucial that students use that week wisely in order to get that final revision done for the exams that follow after half term. Some departments are putting on revision sessions in the half term. They are as follows: Maths on WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE in Maths classrooms (ask Maths teachers for timings) Creative iMedia on THURSDAY 2 JUNE in C2 from 9am to 12pm GCSE Computing on THURSDAY 2 JUNE in C3 from 12pm to 3pm History on FRIDAY 3 JUNE in Humanities block from 9:30am to 2pm (This is the first exam back after half term) English on WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE, 2-4pm, in English block THURSDAY 2 JUNE, 10am-12noon in English block There are a large number of events after half term to celebrate Year 11’s time at the school. These are: Leavers’ assembly - Friday 17 June Prom - Wednesday 22 June Drayton Manor trip - Friday 24 June. Please be reminded that attendance at all of these is dependent on continued good attendance, behaviour and following of the school expectations in the final two weeks. Results Day is Thursday 25 August and results are to be collected from school on that day. The times for this will be announced in due course. If you are away then there are two options: 1. Supply us with a stamped addressed envelope (normal size envelope) before the end of the school year and we will post results to you. 2. If you would like someone to collect them on your behalf; supply us with a signed letter by the student naming the person they wish to collect their results. The person who comes to collect the results must bring proof of identity. Finally, I’d like to thank Year 11 for their hard work. They are a fantastic set of young people and I’d like to wish them good luck with the remaining exams and all they do in the future. But remember, lucky people work hard! Mr Spooner Head of Year 11

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